My computer has a simple mute button. I use that.
Well, I could certainly do that, but my workflow has me dragging, then playing, then dragging, cutting, then playing, etc. Kind of a pain to constantly have to be hitting the mute button on and off.
I'm not sure why the default is to play the audio when dragging; there's no real practical need for that and other editors all default to being mute while dragging through the timeline.
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I had never looked. Under Edit > Preferences > Audio is a check box to turn on audio while scrubbing. I'm pleasantly surprised.
That is exactly what I was looking for! Now I feel dumb - I don't know how I missed that when I was looking.
Thanks for the quick answer!